Digitizing Photos Captured by Seafaring Legends Bob and Nancy Griffith during 3 Circumnavigations

Posted by ed oboyle on Sun, Feb 26, 2012 @ 07:41 AM
awahnee honolulu 900Big adventure on the high seas has come in many forms throughout history. For Bob and Nancy Griffith, it had been a way of life that put them in the record books and made them part of modern seafaring legend.

Starting in 1959, Dr. Robert Lyle Griffith started a series of round-the-world voyages with his wife Nancy and son Reid. The first circumnavigation was aboard the Awahnee I, which was latter lost on a reef near the Tuamotu Islands, the largest of the Tahiti-Polynesian archipelagoes, while on a rescue mission for an American yacht. That first voyage was east to west around the Horn and Cape of Good Hope.

The family's second circumnavigation was aboard their self-built, ferro-cement cutter the Awahnee II and was east bound via Japan. The third trip was also aboard that vessel, and was a southernly route around Antarctica from New Zealand with stops at the awahnee sail 800 247x300American, English, Russian, Chilean and Argentine scientific outpost stations. They roughly followed the course of Captain James Cook, the first to circumnavigate the Antarctic. During the voyage, Captain Cook's 205-year-old journal was kept aboard and read aloud by Nancy as they followed his track. The circumnavigation had taken 111 days (the fastest on record and following a route never before attempted by a pleasure craft), 84 of which were sailing days and 27 of which were in port or partial sailing days.

As one might imagine, the Griffith's have a treasure-trove of wild stories and perilous tales from their many adventures on the high seas. From shipwrecks to being thrown overboard into shark-infested waters, they survived and thrived under challenges and odysseys  most of us only read about. Fortunately, the Griffith's were not only expert sailors but photographers that captured the images of their voyages on high-quality Kodachrome slide film.

awahnee 900 300x175"We were delighted to be awarded the project to digitally convert and preserve this large, highly-valued collection of photos from the Griffith family archives" said Julie Morris, President of FotoBridge, a New Jersey-based photo scanning service . FotoBridge digitized thousands upon thousands of spectacular images from 35mm slides dating back the the 1950s. "The resulting images were fantastic, due largely to the excellent exposures, the archival qualities of the films used and the FotoBridge digital capture processes and systems", added Ms. Morris.

blue water 202x300In 1972, Bob Griffith was awarded the prestigious Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America. In bestowing the award, the late John Parkinson, commented, "In all my years of serving on this committee, in my opinion we have never had a recipient so deserving of this honor". After nearly 200,000 miles under sail, Bob and Nancy Griffith wrote and published Blue Water: A Guide to Self-Reliant Sailboat Cruising


NOTE: Images and information source, Blue Water via insidemystery.org
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Posted by ed oboyle on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 @ 09:55 AM
appoMost of us don’t really mean to welcome clutter into our lives, but balancing a busy work, family, and social life usually leaves organizing, especially photo organizing, dangling at the bottom of our mental to do list. Thankfully, these tasks generally just require a bit of discipline, but in other cases, the job calls for the help of a Personal Photo Organizer (PPO).

With the popularity and affordability of digital cameras and camera phones, many of us are sitting on a virtual heap of digital images. Combine that with all of those hard copies we always meant to stick in an album and suddenly we’re in over our heads. This is exactly where your PPO comes in! With a PPO, you’re not just getting sticky notes and labeled boxes, you’re enlisting the help of someone dedicated to telling your story.

Through images, words and creativity, there’s  much you can expect from a PPO:
    • Highly personalized, one-on-one consultations
    • Brainstorm sessions on how best to tell a story for a special event or gift
    • Help in implementing a customized system for organizing your current and future catalogue of photos
    • Advice on digitizing photos or how to select the best photo scanning service
    • Training in digital photo management basics
    • Creatively designed photo books, scrapbooks, and visual storyboards

Basically, a PPO will collaborate with you on everything from setting up a digital catalogue to an unforgettable gift for your parents’ 25th anniversary. You can find an Association of Personal Photo Organizers (Appo) Certified PPO in your area here.

The Association of Personal Photo Organizers (Appo) provides support and education for entrepreneurs looking to build a photo organizing business, and educates the public on the need for photo organizing services. To learn more, visit appo.org.

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